Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Archive for February, 2016

Celebrate Little Things


When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart.
~ Edwin Booth ~

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord, I’m better than okay because of many little things and friends prayers. Thank you very much and God bless you. {{hugs}}

This week, I celebrate little things that brought a smile, touched my heart and lifted my spirit.

Giving thanks is the ultimate praise to The Lord and those who touch and make challenges just a little lighter.

Abundant blessings, my friends, for the little things that make situations better and enjoy the weekend. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate I’m Okay


There are times, I’m okay is a appropriate response.
~ Ann V Friend ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week was a time to weep and a time to mourn and I celebrate I’m okay.

I cried a lot this week and I’m okay. Parts of my life is in limbo and I’m okay.

Praying and waiting on God and I’m okay.

It’s a beautiful thing to speak I’m okay in any season. The power of spoken words.

I give glory to God, in sharing, that to everything there is a season and I’m okay. (smile)

Abundant blessings my friends to keep the faith be okay to enjoy your weekend.

Your thoughts are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Hope


I hope you always find a reason to smile.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is.
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.  Hope all is well in your world.

This week, I smile and celebrate hope because of my trust and faith in The Lord.

I believe hope compliments faith to keep trusting God to ________________ (fill in the blank).

I love using the ______________ fill in the blank because responses can be different for each of us and it promotes participation. (wink)

Hope is a beautiful thing when we remember something or someone that brings a smile.
Hope is powerful when we know circumstances change and the power of prayer.
Hope is a lifeline to living out our purpose.
Hope is praising God regularly; sometimes moment to moment.

For our reading pleadure, scriptures on areas of hope – the expectation of future good. Wahoo, something to read!

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25</b
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Abundant blessings my friends with hope, by keeping the faith, of better things to come.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Contrast in Life


Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should let go of what you can.

Take chances. Give everything have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you’re sad.

Love what you got always remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget. Learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change things go wrong. but always remember, life goes on.
~ Unknown Author ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Today, I celebrate contrasts, in life, by keeping the faith and trusting God with everything.

It always comes down to choices. Why let things and stuff or Y situations change the course of a moment?

Thank God for grace when I react negatively. (shock face) Yesterday, I stumbled. I should have stayed home.

Sometimes, enough is enough. Sometimes, I get tired of rhetoric. Sometimes, we can come full circle to a blessings that makes the stumble worthwhile. (grin) Thank you Lord.

Contrast in life brings growth and better choices.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we see the contrast of faith versus ______________(fill in the blank).

Enjoy your weekend!

Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Purpose


In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Jay Danzie ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends and welcome Alex and my February IWSG co-hosts: Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar and Rachel Pattison.

Wahoo, I’ll excited for this co-host opportunity and displaying our new badge. (grin) Thank you Alex, I like it, I like it a lot.

It’s quite liberating to realize things and stuff, Y moments, even pushing our buttons serve a purpose.

The blessings is understanding that God can use anyone to test us.  Anyone.

A purpose, whether positive or negative helps us ________________ (fill in the blank).

Write that book. Break that habit. Job promotion. Meet new friends.

Keeping the faith makes 2016 a year of possibilities. Thank you Lord. (smile)

Abundant blessings, my friends to realize there is a purpose for every person we encounter. (wink)

I would love to hear your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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